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Saratoga-North Creek Railway expands summer season

To offer daily service, themed train events

City of Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson (right) helps to launch the summer and fall 2012 season of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway at the Saratoga Springs Train Station on Wednesday, May 16. For the first time in its history, the railway will offer service seven days a week to its seven flag stops throughout the First Wilderness Corridor when the new season begins on Saturday, May 26. In celebration of the Memorial Day opening weekend, all active duty military and veterans will receive free round-trip and one-way rides from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring an item to donate to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. Collection bins will be stationed at railway stops in Saratoga Springs and North Creek. From left to right: Operation Adopt-a-Soldier Co-Chair Terri Perry; Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow; and Saratoga & North Creek General Manager Steve Torrico.

City of Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson (right) helps to launch the summer and fall 2012 season of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway at the Saratoga Springs Train Station on Wednesday, May 16. For the first time in its history, the railway will offer service seven days a week to its seven flag stops throughout the First Wilderness Corridor when the new season begins on Saturday, May 26. In celebration of the Memorial Day opening weekend, all active duty military and veterans will receive free round-trip and one-way rides from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring an item to donate to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. Collection bins will be stationed at railway stops in Saratoga Springs and North Creek. From left to right: Operation Adopt-a-Soldier Co-Chair Terri Perry; Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow; and Saratoga & North Creek General Manager Steve Torrico.

— The Saratoga and North Creek Railway announced May 16 that it will return to the rails with an expanded daily schedule for summer and fall 2012. For the first time in its history, the railway will offer service seven days a week to its seven flag stops throughout the First Wilderness Corridor when the new season begins on Saturday, May 26.

The expanded daily schedule will double the railway’s capacity from summer 2011, with an anticipated 24,000 passengers traveling between North Creek and Saratoga Springs. The railway carried approximately 12,000 travelers during its inaugural and abbreviated summer/fall season in 2011.

The Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s summer excursion follows the inaugural run of the Gore Mountain Snow Train and precedes the return of the enormously popular Polar Express during the holiday season.

Officials from the City of Saratoga Springs and the Town of North Creek joined representatives from the Saratoga & North Creek Railway today at the train’s depot in Saratoga Springs to launch the expanded summer 2012 season.

“The Saratoga and North Creek Railway is excited to begin our new season with an expanded daily service for passengers. We look forward to further contributing to the economy and vital tourism industry in the two communities we call home – the town of North Creek and the City of Saratoga Springs, “ said Saratoga and North Creek General Manager Steve Torrico. “We are excited to welcome a new season of travelers aboard our classic train cars for a scenic ride through the Adirondacks.”

The Saratoga and North Creek Railway also unveiled plans for a full roster of special events and promotions onboard throughout the season, beginning with an opening weekend Memorial Day celebration in honor of the nation’s service members and veterans.

From Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, all active duty military and veterans will receive free round-trip and one-way rides. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring an item to donate to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. Collection bins will be stationed at railway stops in Saratoga Springs and North Creek. Suggested donation items include toiletries, socks, rechargeable batteries, powdered drink mix and non-perishable snacks such as energy bars.

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